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Master Teacher, Al Stawicki, has coached nine-state champion Science Olympiad teams and had his picture and story in Life magazine in his PHEOC costume, winning Life Magazine's National Teacher Award in 1990.

He was honored as Wisconsin Earth Science Teacher of the Year in 1980 and won the Presidential Award for Excellence from president, Ronald Reagan. He has also been named Teacher of the Year by Discovery World Science Museum in 1987.

In 1991, a Japanese television station did a one-hour special on teaching in America featuring Al Stawicki as the subject.

Why are you called the Great "PHEOC"?

Teaching science with magic!I have the greatest job in the whole world, I'm a teacher! Being a teacher, the acronym "PHEOC" helps students better understand and use the "Scientific Method"--

  • Problem,
  • Hypothesis,
  • Experiment,
  • Observation, and
  • Conclusion.

What are some of the science principles or demonstrations that you use in your show?

Problem solving, forming hypotheses, testing a hypothesis through experimentation, learning how to use all five senses in order to make an observation, and drawing conclusions. Gravity, air pressure, temperature, following directions, surface tension, absorption, laws of motion, surface area, and science safety.

Woman's Day Magazine

A 1993 article in Woman's Day Magazine states:

"You have to be as wacky as the kids" says Al Stawicki, a Milwaukee teacher who hangs a 20 foot banner proclaiming "Science is Fun" in his classroom.

To prove it, he dresses up in a magician costume and plays the role of The Great PHEOC. He turns science into magic with tricks like making water disappear, but his best bit of wizardry is turning bored kids into eager students who excel in national science contests.

Imagine: teachers who fire rockets in class, who keep exotic creatures by their desk, who believe every child is capable of excellence and that learning should be a lifelong pleasure.

Engaging kids with scienceWhat do great teachers have in common? Incredible energy, contagious enthusiasm, lively imagination, and a playful sense of humor and underlying optimism. You won't find a great teacher who doesn't love their job.

Kids all over the country are learning reading, writing, science and arithmetic in exciting new ways guided by gifted teachers.

It's not unusual for kids to come to school on Saturday to do 'neat science stuff' with him. "Look, what I'm competing against - TV, movies, MTV, he says. I've got to be an entertainer."


Excerpt from Article in Woman's Day Magazine
"School never used to be this much fun." Report on Great Teachers. September 7, 1993

 

 

 

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